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All You Need to Know About Ernesto Bertarelli and his Yacht Vava II


Yacht Name: Vava II - Yacht Length: 96 m (315 ft) - Guests: 22 in 11 cabins - Crew: 34 - IMO 1010387 - 3,933t - Devonport - 2012 - Yacht Value: US$ 150 million


Ernesto Bertarelli Net Worth: US$ 9 billion - Owners Company: Serono - Country: Switzerland. Bertarelli is the richest person in Switzerland

Yacht Vava II

The yacht is a is 96 meter (315ft) motor yacht built by Devonport Yachts.



SuperYacht Vava II Interior

Her exterior is designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. While Rémi Tessier is responsible for her interior. The yacht Vava II can accommodate 22 guests and 34 crew. Vava 2 is built of steel with an aluminum superstructure. Her max speed is 19 knots.



US$ 150 Million Yacht

The yacht is rumored to have cost more than US$ 150 million. She is the largest yacht built in the UK. The last years she has been traveling the world. And she was seen in destinations as Cape Town, St Barths, Ft Lauderdale and Boston. In 2012 Vava II replaced the ‘smaller’ Vava. We believe that the old Vava is still owned by the Bertarelli family.



Yacht Vava Features

Her features include a helicopter landing pad. And a large swimming pool. The yacht carries an Airbus H145 helicopter. The heli has registration HB-ZVA. An Airbus H145 has a list price of US$ 8.5 million.



The Previous Yacht

Vava is a 47.30m (155.18ft) motor yacht. She was custom built in 1996 by Feadship in Kaag. (Royal van Lent). This luxury vessel's sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of De Voogt Naval Architects.


The yacht's interior has been designed by Robert de Nijs. She was last refitted in 2005. The Luxury yacht has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. And a beam of 8.70m (28.54ft) and a 2.75m (9.02ft) draft.


Vava is capable of a top speed of 16 knots. With a cruising speed of 15 knots. Her range is 3,000nm from her 61,700-litre fuel tanks. Superyacht Vava offers accommodation for up to 13 guests in 6 suites. Comprising of 1 owner cabin, 2 double cabins, 1 triple cabin, 2 twin cabins. Vava has a crew of 11.



Charter Yacht

The yacht is not available for charter.



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Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli

Who is Ernesto Bertarelli? He is a Swiss-Italian entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of US$ 9 billion. This net worth makes him the richest billionaire of Switzerland.


He graduated from Babson College. Babson is a private business school in the US. He founded the yachting team Alinghi. Which defeated Team New Zealand in Auckland to win the America’s Cup in 2013.


It was the first time a team had ever won the coveted sailing trophy on its first attempt. And the first team from Europe to win.



Ernesto BertarelliSerono

His father founded Serono, a Swiss pharmaceutical company. Bertarelli became CEO and Deputy Chairman in 1996. When his father died, he and his sister Dona inherited Serono in 1998.


Changing the company’s focus from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology, revenues increased rapidly.


The company is famous for a natural hormone used in the treatment of female infertility. And  for the multiple sclerosis therapy Rebif.



Ernesto Bertarelli Net Worth

In 2007 Serono was sold to Merck KGAA for US$ 13 billion. The merged company is now named Merck-Serono. He and his sister both received US$ 4,5 billion. Bertarelli’s net worth is now US$ 9 billion.



Kedge Capital

He is currently owner of the Kedge Capital Group. Kedge is an investment management firm.  And he owns the Ares Life Sciences, a private equity company. Bertarelli is an active sailor. His team Alinghi won the America’s cup twice.


Since 2017 he is a director of UBS Ag.



Ernesto Bertarelli House

Ernesto and Kirsty live in a large villa on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The villa is named Villa Tatiana. In recent years it has been renovated at a reported cost of US$ 7.5 million.



Philanthropy

Bertarelli is active in philanthropy through his Bertarelli Foundation. The foundation focuses on healthcare projects and marine conservation. The Foundation sponsors the world’s largest marine reserve in the Chagos Islands. The Islands are in the Indian Ocean.


Covering a protected area of some 210,000 sq. miles, the no-take reserve that bans commercial fishing is helping to protect. It has been described as the most pristine topical marine environment on the planet.


The foundation also supports the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. To push discoveries in biological mechanisms in neuroscience. He sits one the strategic advisory board of the Swiss school.


Bertarelli was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac of France.


Kirsty Bertarelli

His wife Kirsty Bertarelli is a former Miss UK (1988). She is also a succesfull pop singer. With hits in cooperation with DJ Armin van Buuren.


She was co-writer of the hit ‘Black Coffee’. Which was recorded by All Saints in 2000. Kirsty is one of Britain’s richest women. Her family owns  Churchill 1795, a leading china and pottery producer.



Private Jet

Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli own a Bombardier Global Express XRS private jet. The jet has registration HB-JII. The private jet has a value of US$ 60 million.



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